Trauma is far more common in our world than anyone would like to admit. When one experiences trauma they often feel isolated and alone, like no one understands. As a result, survivors are creative and resourceful in finding ways to cope with the pain. Relationships can become fraught with fear and anxiety. Unfortunately, relational trauma occurs in the context of a relationship, often with exactly those who were supposed to nurture and protect you. We’re here to help you find hope and healing. To help you find connection and a sense of belonging, maybe for the first time in your life. Because when we are wounded in the context of a relationship, we also need to heal in the context of a safe and secure relationship.
At Safe Haven we understand that:
Healing is possible no matter what your circumstances.
Those who experience trauma are often doing the best they can. They use their creativity and resourcefulness to cope with overwhelming thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. Although these ways of coping helped you to survive, they may have become maladaptive now that you’re safe.
Safe Haven Trauma Services
Helps those with trauma and relational issues to go from surviving to thriving.
Our practice is designed to meet the needs of those with trauma and relational issues in Music City and the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of therapeutic services through counselors with different specialties, all of whom have a trauma-informed approach. We work with clients of all ages who struggle with a variety of difficulties as a result of their trauma experiences. We aim to find the provider that is the right fit for you and those in your support system. We are always growing our therapeutic community by providing education, consultation, and training to newly trained clinicians and students looking to further their knowledge in a trauma-informed approach.
At Safe Haven, we believe in creating a safe and supportive environment for our clients and employees and providing education and advocacy to our community. Our mission is to help those with trauma and relational issues to go from surviving to thriving, both in life and in relationships with others. Our vision is to eliminate stigma around trauma and dissociative disorders by creating awareness and acceptance.
We provide a safe haven that allows for:
We believe survivors are creative and resourceful in surviving difficult life experiences. We encourage clients to use their creativity to find new ways to thrive.
We believe that survivors heal in connection. Healing does not happen in isolation. We are here to support you through genuine connection.
We love curiosity! Survivors often struggle with chronic shame. Curiosity allows us to understand why you do the things you do and what you need to move forward.
We believe this is a key aspect of therapy. We do not see ourselves as experts on your life. Rather we see therapy as a collaborative process where we can work together to meet your therapeutic needs. We also like to collaborate with other providers on your treatment team whenever possible!
We truly care about our clients. We have compassion for the most difficult of life experiences and the often accompanying complex behaviors. We hope that you will learn to find self-compassion even in the darkest places in your life.
My passion is working with those who have survived difficult life experiences. My career in working with trauma survivors began in 2010 when I completed an undergraduate internship at Sheppard Pratt’s Trauma Disorders inpatient unit. I was immediately struck by people’s capacity to survive through their strength and resilience, despite the most horrific of experiences. From that point on it became my calling in life to serve those impacted by all forms of traumatic experiences. As a trauma survivor myself, I understand the challenge and complexity of working through painful experiences from the past and changing problematic ways of coping. I have been fortunate enough to experience healing from my past and I understand what’s involved in the healing journey.
My clients are often successful and motivated, yet feel lacking in some way. They may have feelings of chronic shame or feelings of inferiority, despite much evidence of success in life. Many of my clients strive to be the best, yet never feel good enough, all the while looking like they have it all together on the outside. They often express self-doubt and beliefs such as “I’ll never be good enough,” “There’s something wrong with me,” or “I’m unlovable,” among other things. Many cope through perfectionism, alcohol or drugs, self-harm, relationships, sex, work, or any combination of these. At some point these ways of coping became the “answer” or solution to their problems and pain. However, these things start to hold them back from moving forward in life or having healthy relationships.
I seek to create a sense of safety so that you feel seen, heard, and understood. My goal is to help you find self-compassion, heal wounds from the past, and find freedom to pursue your dreams and live the life you have always wanted. I do not see you as broken or having something wrong with you that needs to be fixed, rather I view you as curious, resourceful, and creative in surviving difficult life experiences. I often work with curious, self-reflective individuals, creatives, intuitives, empaths, highly sensitive persons, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, minorities, and survivors.
I primarily provide individual therapy to adolescents and adults. Additionally, I lead group therapy and trauma intensives. I have training and experience working with a variety of issues, however I work especially well with issues such as rape, child sexual abuse, complex trauma (including DID), dissociation and dissociative disorders, relationship issues, narcissistic abuse, family-of-origin issues, highly sensitive persons, depression, and anxiety. I also treat those who struggle with self-harm and/or suicidality. I treat relationship issues from a systems and attachment lens, meaning, I believe your early environment and caregivers impact how you do relationships today. For those with complex trauma histories, I follow Richard Kluft’s philosophy of “the slower you go, the faster you get there.” It is my goal to help you safely process past trauma without getting flooded or overwhelmed. While some emotional pain is inevitable, it is my goal that you are able to continue on with daily life outside of trauma therapy. I have completed extensive training through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and have been awarded their Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation.
I consider this work my passion and calling. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, hiking, reading, and traveling with my husband. I am also passionate about coaching girls and sharing my love for the game of lacrosse.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, including Attachment-Focused
Comprehensive Resource Model, including Case Conceptualization for DID and OSDD
ISSTD’s Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
Onsite’s Trauma Stage Processing
Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Yoga for Trauma
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, Towson University, Towson, Maryland
Master’s of Education in Human Development Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider
LPC-MHSP License #3911 State of Tennessee
Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
$150/50 Minute Session
$225/90 Minute Intake